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missionary candidate, and proposes to com- by the ship Aurora, Captain Owen, from the
plete his education, as a missionary for India, Cape of Good Hope—greatly improved by the
in this country. voyage. Mr. Freeman has returned to Mada
gascar, and has arrived safely with Rev. T,
On Wednesday, June 6, Mrs. Freeman, a"d Mrs- Atkinson, at Tananarivo. and two children, arrived safely in London,
REV. GEORGE CHRISTIE. We stop the press to state, which we do with much regret, that a letter has been just received by the lvev. Dr. Morison, from the Rev. George Christie, who was sent out by the Society, as a Missionary to Calcutta, in July, 1830, intimating that he has been ordered to proceed immediately to this country, as the only expedient to preserve his life. How mysterious are the ways of God! He had just acquired the language, and begun to preach to the natives.
The thanks of the Directors are respectfully presented to tbe following, viz :— To Mrs. F. Nichols, Bath, for 4 Caps, to be sold at Pinang, for the benefit of Mrs. Dyer's schools; tot little Girl, by Mrs. Courthope, for a few Bags, Pincushions, &c, for Mr. Read, South Africa; to a Lady, for 2 Cases of Knives anil Forks for Pomare, to the care of Mr. Ellis; to Mr. John Franklyn, of Bristol, for a Bust of the King and Queen of the Sandwich Islands, for the Museum of the Kev. T. Jackson; to a Lady, a friend to Missions, for a few Articles for making Lace, for Mrs. Mault; to Bedduw, and the Children of Sumnaerrield School, West Bromwicb, for a collection of Bags, Pincushions, &c.; to Anonymous, for a small Chest of Tools, for Rev. H. Nolt, Tahiti; to a few Friends at Union street Meeting, Borough, for a small Parcel of Useful Articles of Haberdashery, for Mr. Read, Africa, by Rev. J. Aruadel; to Mr. J. Aris, of Croydon, for a Parcel containing a few Articles of Haberdashery, for Ditto ; to Mr. i. Hickson, for a Parcel containing Linen-drapery, for Ditto; to Miss Collin, North Brixton, for 77 Number! of Evangelical Magazines, and 12 ditto, of Christian Instructor; to Lewis Pugh, Esq., Banker, Dorgtlicy, North Wales, for 361 Numbers of the Evangelical Magazines, and 12 ditto, of the Christian Instructor; to Captain Killwick, R.N., Southwold, for 72 Numbers of Evangelical Magazine, 83 ditto, .Mis-ion. irj Register, 82 ditto, Jewish Expositor, 98 Sailor's Magazine, and 87 Teacher's Magazine; to Isaac Crewdsoo, Esq., Ardwick, for 100 Copies of Baxter's Saint's Rest, abridged; to Mr. J. Colwell, 2, Prospect-place, Hackney, lor 78 Numbers of the Evangelical Magazine j to Mr. Thomas Bonner, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for 36 Volumes of the Evangelical Magazine, from 1793 to 1830 inclusive, first 3 Volumes of the Religions Tract Society's Tracts, Greenham's Works, Hammond's Sermons, Hopkins on the Ten Commandments, and Patrick's Pilgrim; to It. M., Holborn, for 4 Vols, of Evangelical Magazine; to a few Friends at Danmouth, for * Boxes of Wearing Apparel, for the disposal of the Missionaries at Madias; to Mr. S. Mead, for a Box of Fancy Articles, for Mis. Maull, Nagercoil; to a few Fricuds at Harting, by Mr. A. Jones, for a Parcel containing a few thing- for the Schools at Calcutta; to Mr. Bell, of Uppingham, for 6 Volumes of the Evangelical Magazines, 53 Numbers of ditto, and a number of various Reports; to Mr. David Siuclair, for 39 Numbers of the Tract Magazine, 12 ditto, of the Cottage Ditto, and 29 ditto, of the Evangelical Magazine; to a Friend to Missions, by Miss French, for 23 Volumes of the Evangelical Magazines, a fen Numbers of Ditto, and a number of various Reports; to a Female Friend to Missions, for a Tmnk containing 81 Numbers of the Congregational Magazine, 40 ditto, of the Evangelical Magazine, and a number of various Reports; to Miss Powell, of Islington, for 13 Numbers of the Christian Observer, 13 ditto, of the Evangelical Magazine, 2 Copies of Doddridge's Rise and Progress, and 2 Copies of Companion to tbe Bible; and to M. A. C, for 30 Numbera of the Evangelical Magazine.
(The Collections and Donations are postponed to the August ChronicU.)
FOB AUGUST, 1832.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. GEORGE BURDER,
IORMEBLY SECRETARY OE THE LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY, AND PASTOR OF THEINDETENDENT CHURCH AT FETTER I.ANF..
(Extracted, hy permission, from the Funeral Sermon of the Deceased, preached ty the Rev. J. Fletcher, D. D.J
The Rev. George Burder was born in London, on the 6th of •hue, 1752; and,'by a remarkable and affecting coincidence, the day of his burial was the eightieth an^ niversary of his birth. His excellent father, Mr. Henry Burder, was for many years a member and deacon of the church at Fetter Lane. His son George was sent, at the age of about ten years, to a grammar school, where he applied himself with diligence to the study of Latin.
On his birth-day, when only ten years of age, his father urged him very affectionately and seriously to begin in earnest to attend to the great and momentous claims of religion. Nor was this affectionate solicitude of parental love ineffectaal. He had the unspeakable happiness of soon reaping a rich harvest of spiritual good. What an encouragement is this to pious parents, and what a model for onr prayerful and devout imitation! 2 Early piety," says Philip Henry, "»the way to eminent piety." The
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father to our friend had indeed to rejoice that he had not laboured and prayed in vain; for in a retrospect of that evening, long afterwards, the following reflections were found in the private writing of Mr. Burder:—" Then, J trust, sincerely and earnestly, and as, fains I can recollect for the first time, I poured out my sonl to God, beseeching him to yive me an interest in Christ, and desiring, above all things, to be found in him."
My dear young friends, you especially who have the honour to be the descendants of our venerable father, think of this sacred record—think of it seriously and devoutly j determine that you will make the sanie happy choice—that you will seek to know and possess for yourselves an interest in the same "great salvation."
Having at an early age displayed a partiality for drawing, he was placed, on leaving school, with Mr. Isaac Taylor, an eminent engraver, and afterwards beoame a student in
the Royal Academy, at Somerset House. As he advanced towards maturity, he frequently heard, with deep interest, the preaching of the illustrious Whitfield, and of the excellent Romaine. To use his words, he "became much more fond of that sort of preaching which was then termed Methodistical." "My judgment," he says, "was before informed, but I found my heart affected by this kind of preaching." And of what use is that preaching which merely informs the judgment, and leaves the heart unaffected, and the conscience unimpressed? TheTe can be no doubt that some of the chief excellencies of his published sermons, and especially the directness and simplicity of his appeals, may be traced to the recollections and impressions of early life.
At the age of twenty-one, he entered on the business of an engraver, and the prospects of success which speedily opened before him were highly encouraging. But secular pursuits were not most accordant with his feelings and his wishes. He saw at that period much in the state of the country generally, and of the churches of Christ particularly, to excite his deepest anxieties for the moral and spiritual interests of men. Some of the descendants of the venerable nonconformists had declined from the faith and simplicity of their ancestors; and the orthodoxy of others, though there were distinguished exceptions, was formal and unproductive, leading them to feel little sympathy with the expanded zeal and unfettered efforts of Whitfield and his associates. A society existed at this time not unlike the Home Missionary Society as to its immediate objects, and with this institution he became intimately connected, and afterwards materially promoted its interests. Intent on doing good, he eagerly
seized on all the opportunities in his power of promoting the spiritual welfare of those to whom he had access. When he was about twenty-four years of age, he took a journey into Shropshire, and spent a short time in the vicinity of his father's estates. By the persuasion of a- Christian friend, he was induced to make his first attempt to preach the gospel of Christ at the house of one of the tenants. In reference to that occasion the following memorandum has been found:—"I was much assisted, and had far more boldness and liberty than I expected. The people were all attention; some wept much, and many were greatly moved! O Jesus, friend of sinners, make it useful!—make me so happy as to hear of some turned to thee!"
Thus, in simplicity and godly sincerity, and without any direct and formal preparation, he became a preacher of the gospel. But though no academic sanction was conferred upon him, he was neither "ignorant nor unlettered." He had been a diligent student, though not at a college; and his habits through life were those of constant, uniform, and systematic application. His future course abundantly proved, that, whatever were the immediate sources of his knowledge, he was an able minister of the new covenant, and "well instructed unto the kingdom of God."
On the evening of the Sabbath that followed this first service, finding that the house where he had before preached could not contain the people who had assembled, he took his station under an old oak tree. There he delivered with youthful ardour his testimony for God; and not far from that very spot he had the honour, many years afterwards, of opening a chapel, which he had erected at his own